December in Your Garden

Winter is the wet season, and your garden is a magical retreat from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Toyons burst with red berries, wildflower seedlings carpet the ground, and manzanitas bloom.

December plant highlights:

  • Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) red berries
  • Currants (Ribes spp., spineless) – present flower clusters in December produce red berries loved by many birds & hummers 
  • Gooseberries (Ribes spp., thorny) - many small flowers in December produce red berries loved by many birds & hummers

Gardening tips:

You can still plant and sow seeds.

If the rains are delayed, water.

Wildlife activity:

The bright red Toyon berries are a favorite food of robins and waxwings in winter, with more than 20 species of birds utilizing them for food.

Currants and gooseberries are loved by many birds including the California Thrasher the Hermit Thrush, and the American Robin.

Currant and gooseberry flowers are very popular with hummingbirds.